The US-based tech giant, Microsoft, has begun rolling out the latest version of its Windows operating system as a free upgrade for computer users in 190 countries.
According to company sources, Windows 10, whose release started on Wednesday, is an operating system for both traditional computers and mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones.
Microsoft is apparently hoping that the new system would help it gain a bigger share in the mobile market, which is currently dominated by Google Android and Apple iOS, AFP reported.
“Our vision was one platform, one store, and one experience that extends across the broadest range of devices from the smallest screens to the largest screens to no screens at all,” said Microsoft executive vice president for Windows, Terry Myerson, in a blog post.
“Windows 10 begins to deliver on our vision for more personal computing. In this world experiences are mobile, moving with you seamlessly and easily across your devices. Interacting with technology is as natural as interacting with people — using voice, pen, gestures and even gaze for the right interaction, in the right way, at the right time. And in our connected and transparent world, we respect your privacy and help protect your information,” he added.
Windows 10, a successor to Microsoft’s lackluster Windows 8, is being offered as a free upgrade for most devices, making it possible to quickly be available on billions of devices.
The new operating system allows for voice, pen and gesture input, and in some cases biometric identification for improved security.
The Cortana virtual assistant, which combines the best features of Apple’s Siri and Google Now, will be also integrated into the new system.
Windows 10 also includes the Microsoft Edge browser, a substitute for Internet Explorer, which has been designed to help the company regain market share lost to rivals such as Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome.
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